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PDP distances, BJP guarded: Veeri too unhappy with ‘low key portfolios’?
`Miffed’ Sajjad refuses to assume charge as S&T minister
JAMMU, Mar 4: Seemingly unhappy with the departments entrusted to him, former separatist and People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone Wednesday did not assume charge of Science and Technology and Animal Husbandry portfolios and left for Srinagar. Though Lone, himself, did not explicitly air his resentment yet his party colleague and MLA Kupwara, Bashir Ahmed Dar had already indicated that Lone was miffed and would not assume charge of “low profil...
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3 houses collapse in Banihal, 15 unhurt
Landslides block highway at many places
BANIHAL, Mar 4: Three residential houses collapsed due to heavy snowfall in the area of Tinka Banihal while 300-kms long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway continued to remain closed for the third consecutive day today following heavy rain and snowfall in the area. Sources said that due to heavy snowfall in the area of Mohu-Mangit, three houses collapsed during the intervening night of March 3-4, 2015. These houses belonged to Abdul Rehman Goth so...
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Guv summons joint session of J&K legislature
JAMMU, Mar 4: The Governor N N Vohra, under the provision of Section 55(1) of the Constitution of J&K, Wednesday summoned joint session of state legislature. Under the relevant provision, the Governor has called upon the Members of the J&K Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council to assemble together in the Central Hall of the Legislature Building, Jammu on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 11.30 AM to hear his address. In a separate order...
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GAD issues norms for staff to ministers
JAMMU, Mar 4: The General Administration Department (GAD) today issued an order regarding the norms to be followed for providing of staff to the Council of Ministers. As per the order no person related to Council of Ministers shall be posted in the personal section(s) of the Minister besides no officer shall be attached to the personal section of the Minister without the approval of the Chief Minister through Chief Secretary in coordination. ...
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Srinagar-Jammu NHW closed for 3rd day
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: The 300-kilometers long Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only surface link connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of country, continued to remain closed for the third consecutive day today following heavy rain and snowfall in the area. "In the wake of heavy rain and snowfall across the state, the Jammu Srinagar Highway continues to remain closed for the third day today," police officials said. They said that the highw...
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Stranded passengers up in arms against Adm
JAMMU, Mar 4: Miffed over closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on the third consecutive day today, police foiled protest march of agitated Kashmir bound stranded passengers here today. They blocked road at Gumat-Indra Chowk for 2 hours and disrupted the traffic flow during the protest. Hundred of vehicles were diverted from the end of Dogra Chowk to Indra Chowk. On receiving the information about blockade, the state administration headed...
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Traders' shutdown against failure to compensate them
Demand compensation for flood hit businessmen
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: The traders in Kashmir valley today observed shutdown and held protest demonstrations against the callousness of previous state government towards their plight after flood. They demanded compensation to the losses which they faced in last year flood. In response to the strike call given by Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTM), the shops and business establishment remained closed throughout Kashmir Valley. Reports ...
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Hurriyat-M hails renewed Indo-Pak talks
Appeals Modi, Sharif to take K issue in more serious way
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: Hurriyat Conference (M) today welcomed the renewed efforts by India and Pakistan to re-engage on the path of dialogue after breakdown of diplomacy and a period of high tensions. Terming the meeting of the two foreign secretaries a positive development, the Hurriyat (M) executive stated that it has always welcomed any step that might improve the relationship and build confidence between India and Pakistan since it is a pre-requ...
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Give pensionary benefits to 12 artisans: HC
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: The High Court has directed authorities to provide pensionary benefits to 12 artisans who were allegedly denied it following their superannuation in Industries and Commerce Department where they served for decades. According to advocate Asif Maqbool Lone, representing the petitioners before the court, the artisans were absorbed in Handicrafts Departments along with 23 other colleagues after they were initially served the depart...
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10 fresh Swine Flu cases in valley
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: Ten more patients have tested positive for swine flu in Kashmir, taking the total number of those infected with the virus to 277, even as no fresh deaths have been reported due to the disease, health officials said here today. "Ten more patients have tested positive for the virus. The total number of infected people is now at 277," PRO, SKIMS, Kulsoom Bhat said. She said the death toll due to the disease in the Valley stood at...
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CCA decides to resume work after swine flu closure
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: The Coaching Centres Association (CCA) of Kashmir has decided to start their regular work under stringent safety guidelines following the closure of private coaching centres over swine flu scare. "The association was forced to close all the coaching centres in the valley after swine flu infections started rising on 23rd February. “The situation is still not normal but we have decided to resume our work under strict safety guide...
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Shah welcomes Indo-Pak takes
‘Step in right direction’
SRINAGAR, Mar 4: Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah today welcomed the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan and described it as a step in right direction. Addressing party workers in Anantnag, Shah said, “The secretary level talks between India and Pakistan are welcome. This will help easing the tension between the two countries. The rivalry between the two countries can lead to war anytime.” He added...
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Cabinet Secy chairs NCMC meet on Phuktal blockage
Operationalization of action plan underway
NEW DELHI, Mar 4: Union cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth Wednesday chaired the high level meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at New Delhi to review the situation arisen due to the blockage of river Phuktal in Zanskar sub division and the operationalization of the action plan to dismantle the blockage. The whole operation is constantly being monitored through ground, aerial and satellite means and data is collected and relaye...
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Financial situation, budget, plan preparation reviewed
Budget to have ‘human face’: Drabu
JAMMU, Mar 4: Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu, while reviewing the financial situation of the state, status of budget preparation and plan for the next financial year after assuming his charge, Wednesday stated that he would like the budget to have a ‘human approach’ so that it could be understood and appreciated by common man. He urged officers to look beyond figures while preparing the budget and to focus on substance, touching lives of the...
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Cartoon Corner
Justice Kotwal sworn-in as permanent judge of HC
JAMMU, Mar 4 (JNF): Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar of J&K High Court today administered oath to Justice Janak Raj Kotwal as permanent Judge of J&K High Court. Earlier, the warrants of appointment and notification received from Rashtrapati Bhawan and Ministry of Law Justice, Govt of India, New Delhi, was read by Kaneez Fatima, Registrar General of J&K High Court. She also read the letter of authorization of Governor of JK authorizing Chief J...
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> Omar visits residences of Chopra, Anand, Gupta; conveys condolence
> Bhim’s sister dies in accident
> Poonch resident, family held after return via Nepal
Judgment expected on Mar 10
SRINAGAR, Mar 3: The judgment in Tabinda Gani rape and murder case is expected on March 10. Principal and Sessions judge district Kupwara Muhammad Ibrahim directed the counsel of the accused to clear his position by or before March 10. Tabinda Gani, then a student of 8th class, was found dead in an orchard in Langate area in July 20, 2007 after her abduction. Medical reports had confirmed that the abductors had raped her before slitting her thr...
> 27 families evacuated in Kulgam
> Chill returns to valley with fresh snowfall
> Swine flu scare amid lack of protection mechanism
> Encounter in south Kashmir
> BOSE remains headless,exams on cards
Centre of gravity of corruption lies elsewhere too
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
Anna Hazare has staged a come back with yet another agitation, this time against the draconian land ordinance which gives the government sweeping powers to acquire land, including fertile agricultural land to pave way for setting up private enterprise projects, all in the name of ‘national interest’. Some have chosen to criticise Anna reasoning that he has deflected from the core issue of corruption. This amounts to presuming that land ordinance...
> Empower local bodies, PRIs
> A significant Pak visit
> A good beginning for peace
> Sops for corporates only
> Nothing new to offer
In Southern Rajasthan, communities budget to safeguard mothers
By Annapurna Jha
An hour's drive from the bustling town of Chittorgarh, the celebrated land of heroic warriors in Rajasthan, meet Suman Jain, a modern-day "soldier", from Bheru Singhji ka Kheda village, who is striving to provide equitable healthcare to mothers and children in the area. As a conscientious member of the Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHSNC), she is working closely with the community to enhance the quality of services provided ...
> Desire from the heart..! - By Robert Clements
> A bear hug! - By M. Ashraf
> Healing through Laughter..! - By Robert Clements
> Why South Asia needs a genuine peace quest - By Ali Imran
> Stilling the Spirit..! - By Robert Clements
Season of political opportunism
By Humra Quraishi
In this climate of political upheavals together with political opportunists paving way for further upheavals, there's begun this new phase of politicians going on retreats. Perhaps, Rahul Gandhi has proceeded on a retreat to introspect, whereas Arvind Kejriwal's get away from this capital city is to help settle his blood sugar levels. His battle with diabetes has been an ongoing one; getting tougher to handle with the brewing revolt within his p...
> Gandhi as an economist - By John Scales Avery
> Jaitley's budget falls short of expectations he ignited - By S. Sethuraman
> Is Delhi sustainable? - By Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada
> Tough challenges ahead for Mufti Sayeed - By M K Dhar
> Wetlands in J&K cry for conservation - By Prof Mohd Junaid Jazib
VVIP syndrome
Dear Editor Congress Parliamentarian Renuka Chaudhary has become a habitual and repeating offender for causing flight-delays when Air India’s Chicago-Delhi-Hyderabad flight AI-126 scheduled to take off at 1900 hours on Friday 20th February 2015 was delayed by 45 minutes at Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi) because Renuka Chaudhary was allegedly busy in shopping at the airport. Similar such incident took place on Friday 28th March ...
> Routine budgetary exercise: Must have been simplified and realistic
> Subsidised Parliamentary food at cost of public-exchequer
> Phenomenal rise of communicable, non-communicable diseases
> Civic-bodies in Delhi
> Nitish Kumar strikes
Kejriwal's resignation bid to be discussed at AAP meet
NEW DELHI, Mar 4 (Agencies): The resignation of Arvind Kejriwal from the post of AAP's National Convener, which "still stands", will be discussed at today's National Executive meet where the party will take a call on the fate of senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. The party dismissed reports of a fresh move by Kejriwal to quit ahead of today's meet, saying he had not taken back the resignation he had tendered during the national...
> Govt to bar broadcast of interview of Dec 16 rape convict
> Ban on interview of Dec 16 rape convict to continue: Court
> Won't quit, crisis within an opportunity for AAP: Yadav
> Pilot blames Raje govt for police action on Youth Congr members
> 2 HC benches refuse to hear PIL on probe into Pansare's murder
New Jersey School district declares public holiday on Diwali
WASHINGTON, Mar 3 (Agencies): A small school district in New Jersey has declared Diwali as a public holiday on November 11 this year, meeting the long standing demand of the Indian Americans of the area. A decision in this regard was taken by the Glen Rock Public School Board of Education last week. The public school has more than 2,300 students enrolled in its six schools in New Jersey. According to local NorthJersey.Com, Rona McNabola, the ...
> Top woman leader of LTTE arrested at Colombo airport
> Slain american blogger laid to rest in Bangladesh
> Bikram Yoga founder accused of sex assault, rape in US
> Filipino religious leaders, youth shout for peace in scripture
> French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to arrive in India today, push Rafale deal
IGP Armed discusses arrangements for Police Martyrs Memorial Hockey tourney
JAMMU, Mar 4: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Armed, Mukesh Singh today chaired officers meeting to discuss the arrangements for All India Police Martyrs Memorial Hockey Tournament, being held in Jammu from March 10, 2015. The meeting was held at Armed Police Headquarters (APHQ) here and was attended by various police officers. Addressing the meeting, IGP said that the tournament is being hosted by Jammu and Kashmir Police, in which 12...
> Samba police organizes prize distribution function
> All India Open Bouldering Competition from Mar 31
> Virat Kohli's abusive behaviour reported to ICC
> ICC World Cup 2015: Pakistan spank UAE by 129 runs to keep quarters hopes alive
> DRS is ours, claims Sri Lankan lawyer
RBI cuts lending rate by 0.25% to 7.5% on softening inflation
MUMBAI, Mar 4 (Agencies): In its second surprise rate cut within two months, RBI today slashed benchmark interest rates by 0.25 per cent, a move that may bring down EMIs for home, auto and other loans and give a boost to the economy. The RBI's decision to cut its policy or repo rate to 7.5 per cent -- after another cut from 8 per cent to 7.75 per cent on January 15 -- is also expected to lower the cost of capital for the companies and give a fi...
> Apple largest 4G device vendor in India: CMR
> Budget should not be kept secret anymore: Sinha
> Green clearance validity extended from 5 to 7-yrs
> ATF price hiked by 8.2%, non-subsidised LPG to cost Rs 5 more
> IndiGo charges Rs 9,000 for 'infant ticket', customer moves DGCA
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